Manchester City come unstuck once again on Wednesday night in the Champions League, as they put on a dismal display against CSKA Moscow and look set to fail to reach a qualifying position for the knock-out rounds. But why are City's performances so poor in European games?
Manchester City's display against CSKA is something they will want to forget about sooner rather than later, they conceded two poor goals as Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia netted both in the first half.
However, City's lack of professionalism in this game was something you wouldn't expect to see in a Sunday league game as both Fernandinho and Yaya Toure were sent off for ridiculous offences.
No excuses for Man City
The club from the blue side of Manchester obviously don't have too much Champions League experience under their belt as a unit; however, if you pick out the individual players like Toure and Samir Nasri, they have a fair amount of game time to the their names.
Nonetheless, that cannot be an excuse for the reigning champions of England anymore. The talent Manchester City have within their squad compares to any other team in Europe, so as far as individuals go, City have nowhere to hide.
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Confidence not to blame
Confidence surely cannot be an issue for them as they are doing well in their domestic league, recently beating their huge rivals Manchester United at the Etihad. Their home ground is a fortress in the Premier League, but to be honest, CSKA came to City's own backyard and showed them how it's done.
It looks like Manchester City will fail to qualify to the knock-out stages and maybe this is a blessing in disguise for Pellegrini's side.
If City are performing that poorly against the likes of CSKA and Roma, then how are they going to cope with behemoths like Real Madrid and Barcelona if it came to the knock-out stages?
City could still pull off miracle
They simply couldn't and results could get embarrassing if they continue through the tournament. City have to defeat Bayern Munich on November 25 and rely on there being no winner in the Roma vs CSKA Moscow game for there to be even a slight chance of progressing in the competition. It's a possibility that is relatively small, but of course, anything is possible in this tournament.
So, can Manchester City pull off a miracle in the Champions League? It's hard to see it happening, you'd think Bayern would do the double over the English champions and they would have to rely heavily on results of other teams in Group E if so.
But, if there's any team that can pull off late comebacks, it's Manchester City.